A fast-moving passenger train slammed into a car that drove around a rail-crossing barrier Sunday night, ripping the car in half and killing all four people inside, the California Highway Patrol said.

The train, traveling 74 mph, dragged one section of the car 200 feet and the other section 100 feet, officials said. Two victims had to be cut from the wreckage with torches, officials said.The names of the victims were not released.

The Chevrolet Camero drove around the dropped crossing gate as the Bakersfield-to-Oakland Amtrak train approached LeGrand Road about 6:45 p.m. in the central California county of Merced, CHP dispatcher Mickey Sanora said.